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Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Sat Dec 09, 2006 3:04 pm

Just for fun...

Kenya Airways is to lease three Embraer E-170's.

From: http://www.coastweek.com/2949-13.htm

"The Embraer 170s will replace the SAAB A340's which will be retired from the Kenya Airways fleet."

A bit later on, it does say SAAB 340B though...
 
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:28 pm

What is a the Saab A340....???
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:26 pm

The Saab-340/B is a cummuter twin engine turboprop. It has been around for 20+ years. There are 2 basic models, the Saab-340A and the updated Saab-340B. Most remaining Saab-340s today are the "B" model. The Saab-2000 is a derivitive of the basic Saab-340.

In the US it is flown by American Eagle and NW's cummuter connection, maybe a few others, too.

The A-340 is a 4 engine airliner built by Airbus, and is available in 4 different versions, the A-340-200/-300/-500/-600. There is also a very long range A-340-8000 version of the -200, but I don't think Airbus has sold any of them, but one was built. There are no US airlines that fly the A-340, but US and NW fly the cousin airplane, the A-330.
 
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:34 pm

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
What is a the Saab A340....???

Didn't you hear the news? SAAB bought out Airbus a while ago. Big grin

Nah, just kidding. The author of that article meant to say 'SAAB 340A', and was probably an unintended if odd transposition. Levent was having a laugh (and I had a chuckle, too) because technically, could've been interpreted as an Airbus 340 now being owned and sold under the SAAB name.  Silly

Being serious for a moment: originally, it was a partnership between SAAB and Fairchild, and was known as the SF340. After Fairchild left, it became the 340A. Later models were the 340B and 340B Plus, as well as military versions (340 AEW and 340C). SAAB never made a model called A340.
 
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Sat Dec 09, 2006 11:09 pm

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
The Saab-340/B is a cummuter twin engine turboprop. It has been around for 20+ years.

With around 12 of those 20 years experience on the Saab 340 I know what one is. I've just never heard of the A340 by Saab... I know Airbus makes one.

cummuter.... a new word...??

The world wide fleet was 159 'A' Models built, and around 300 total 'B' models built. Around half of the fleet is here in the US.

Quoting Vref5 (Reply 3):
it was a partnership between SAAB and Fairchild, and was known as the SF340

Correct. The wings were built on Long Island, then I think in Texas... The SF340 is only the first 60 or so planes. The only way to tell a SF340 from a Saab 340A is an up close look at the underside of the inboard wing.

[Edited 2006-12-09 15:13:12]
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Sat Dec 09, 2006 11:15 pm

Just think. Cessna built a 340 long before Saab or Airbus.  Smile

For those who aren't aware, a Cessna 340 is a cabin class twin engine plane.
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Sun Dec 10, 2006 1:13 am

Now that we've had our fun, it seems the E170 is now turning up in diverse places other than its original North American prime target market. With a comfortable single-class seating of 72 at 32" pitch, and still minus (comparably?) the contentious clause limitations - it could be more successful in those alternative milieus.
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:50 pm

Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
The Embraer 170s will replace the SAAB A340's

- now, this is a fuel saving move  Wink...
 
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:30 am

Quoting Bohica (Reply 5):
Just think. Cessna built a 340 long before Saab or Airbus.

And Convair built a 340 long before Cessna, Saab or Airbus.


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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:44 am

How did SAAB 340 get its name? That question was asked by some jounalist at a SAAB press conference some 25 years ago.

The SAAB representative answered that they had proposed the name "34" since it was the passenger capacity. But it seemed a rather small number compared to other airliners, therefore they added a zero in the end.

When SAAB introduced the 50-60 pax SAAB 2000, then nobody dared to ask.
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:08 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):
And Convair built a 340 long before Cessna, Saab or Airbus.

I forgot about Convair. Now I'm wondering if anyone made a 340 before Convair.
 
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RE: Saab A340 Or Airbus 340B?

Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:13 pm

I have a Kenya Airways DVD, and they have two SAAB 340Bs. If they'll replace them for the Embraer product, and i was on embraer factorym saw the E170, a very good plane, they will gain,

340 was used many times, as i read above from you guys.....but my favourite is the 340 for SAAB, the best 340 designation.

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